Too Little Too Late
The Canucks left their legs in Los Angeles only to drown against a team of angry Ducks on the way to a 4-3 loss Friday in Anaheim.
A major penalty assessed to Aaron Rome sparked the Ducks in the second, leading to two power play goals from Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry supplemented by a late Peter Holland wrist shot that buried the Canucks.
Vancouver fell victim to another atrocious second period against the Ducks, but may have been given a raw deal from the officials after Rome’s major penalty potentially cost the team two points.
Rome appeared to contact Devante Smith-Pelly on the shoulder with a second period check, but a high follow-through would cost the dependable defenceman five and a game Friday.
The penalty felt like a collective kick in the pants from the hockey gods after #Canucks nation went overboard with the Aaron Rome love heading into Friday’s game.
After surrendering a three goal lead, the Canucks appeared down and out against the Ducks, but a wicked third period from the road team sparked a valiant comeback attempt against the desperate Ducks.
Despite Alex Burrows’ presence in the lineup, Hansen had a number of second half shifts alongside the Sedins after developing some chemistry in his short time on the top line.
It was nice to see Hansen and the twins put the pressure on the Ducks in a dominating third period.
Corey Perry’s blatant last minute slashing penalty was a desperate demonstration of the lack of discipline on the Ducks, leaving fans to cautiously count down the final seconds as the Canucks power play fought to force an equalizer.
After allowing four goals in the first forty minutes, the Canucks didn’t deserve a chance to tie the hockey game Friday.
The Ducks’ lack of discipline may have deserved a full collapse, but the Canucks know better than to fall asleep for a full period like they did during the middle frame Friday at the Honda Center.
Among a myriad of correctable mistakes made in Anaheim, it remains a positive sign to see the Canucks completely take over a game like they did late against the Ducks.